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8 November 2018, 13:46

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Kiev’s reluctance to restore Stanitsa bridge causes fatalities - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, November 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev’s reluctance to restore the bridge over the Severskiy Donets to provide for passage of ambulances results in late medical aid and consequently fatalities, Lugansk People’s Republic representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the Republic’s working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva told the Lugansk Media Centre. 

“Ukraine’s reluctance to restore the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge under far-fetched pretexts harms people who cross the contact line; they are mostly elderly people, women with children and disabled persons,” Kobtseva said. 

“Ruined bridge spans prevent ambulances from getting to residents who collapse in long queues at the Ukrainian checkpoint. This has repeatedly resulted in their death,” she said.

She reminded that the Ukraine-proposed width of the bridge would not provide for safe passage of ambulances and that in case of emergency stop on the bridge, medical personnel and the patient would be unable to quickly leave the vehicle.

Earlier, Kobtseva said that the LPR insisted on pursuing the project suggested by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Kiev’s representative called for revising the ICRC project.

Currently there is only one official checkpoint at the line of contact in LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic here is possible thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge was blown up by Ukrainian forces in early 2015. LPR has been continuously proposing to rebuild it.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 08 November — Lugansk